Belmont woman arrested for dealing crack out of Laconia hotel

LACONIA – Police arrested a Belmont woman at the Landmark Inn yesterday afternoon after learning she was allegedly selling drugs from there.

According to a media release, Valene Colby, of 58 Concord St. had rented Room 413 at the downtown Laconia hotel.

Police entered the room and allegedly found several pipes consistent with crack smoking as well as brillo (used in the end of a pipe as a screen) and empty baggies. There was loose crack cocaine on the bed stand, police said.

Inside Colby's purse, said police, was a small change bag that contained 17 individually packaged bags of crack cocaine and three additional pipes with what appeared to be crack cocaine residue.

Police also confiscated several needles and a small amount of marijuana.

Colby is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail until her appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division today.